Police investigating the killing of 14 members of the Warekar family in Thane’s Kasarwadavli in the wee hours of Sunday believe that Hasnain Warekar, 35, who hanged himself following the killing spree, may have been suffering from schizophrenia.
The Thane Police made the assertion after finding in Warekar’s room, in his desktop drawer, medication taken to “resist forms of schizophrenia”. The drug is not available without prescription, and investigators are trying to find if Warekar was consulting a psychiatrist who prescribed the medication. However, his brothers-in-law, whose statements were also recorded on Wednesday, were unaware of him suffering from any mental illness.
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Warekar killed 14 family members including his parents, wife, his two children including a three-month-old baby, his sisters and their children, by slitting their throats. In the absence of a clear motive, among the key discoveries made by investigators until now is that Warekar had taken multiple loans and was facing a financial crisis. The other major theory the police are pursuing is that Warekar may have been suffering from a psychological illness.
An officer said that while conducting searches at Warekar’s residence, the police found a strip of medication, among other tablets in his desktop drawer in his bedroom. “While we hear that his sister who resided with them suffered from a mental ailment, we believe her medication would not be in Hasnain’s bedroom on the first floor. We were also told that no one was allowed to go into his bedroom,” an officer said. He added, “The other distant possibility we are pursuing is to see if he may have used the tablets as a sedative to put the family members to sleep before the killings. This medication does have sleep-inducing properties,” the officer said. However, the stripes were intact.
“However, one thing does not fit in. Psychiatrists we approached told us that in a violent episode, a person suffering from schizophrenia would be out of control, the wounds would be haphazard. In this particular instance, the throats have been slit cleanly, indicating a person in control of his actions.”